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  • Black Angel

    ★★★½

  • The Blue Lamp

    ★★★½

  • Pilgrimage

    ★★★½

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★★½

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  • Black Angel

    Black Angel

    ★★★½

    An odd noir with an odd rhythm to it. but Dan Duryea is really good playing an essentially good guy and Peter Lorre is good as a semi-sinister normal character. The special effects used to the tell the story towards the end are perfect.

  • The Blue Lamp

    The Blue Lamp

    ★★★½

    I loved the cinematography, lots of contrast, saturated blacks, and great outdoor scenes. The story moves along, divided between Dirk Bogarde as an immoral crook with his accomplices and the police chasing him. We get to know both, especially several characters on the police force. The pace is great and any movie with Bernard Lee is worth seeing.

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  • Z

    Z

    ★★★★½

    I rewatched to pay closer attention to Trintignant's performance. He conveys a whole character with the barest information. We know nothing personal about him except that his father served in the military police, which we learn offhandedly towards the end. And he has few lines of dialogue outside interrogating a few witnesses. Yet Trintignant makes him a vivid, complete person.

    My original review said a flashback of Papas and Montand slowed down the pace although it effectively revealed backstory, so…

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★½

    The first hour or so is conventional, a bit slow, but beautifully shot. The last half hour is fantastic, dark, surreal horror and spectacular looking. More than worth the wait.